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President Donald Trump announced the assassination of another member of ISIS on Tuesday, saying the U.S. forces killed the successor of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.
Trump did not name the terrorist who was allegedly taken out by U.S. troops, but claimed he was the “number one replacement” of Baghdadi.
“Just confirmed that Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi’s number one replacement has been terminated by American troops,” the president said on Twitter. “Most likely would have taken the top spot – Now he is also Dead!”
Just confirmed that Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi’s number one replacement has been terminated by American troops. Most likely would have taken the top spot – Now he is also Dead!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 29, 2019
After nearly a decade, Al-Baghdadi died in a U.S. raid in northern Syria over the weekend as one of the most wanted terrorists in the world. In 2013, Al-Baghdadi became the head of ISIS and took part in the 2015 brutal rape and killing of Arizona woman Kayla Mueller.
Trump said Al-Baghdadi died “whimpering and screaming,” in a Sunday morning speech.
“He died after running into a dead end tunnel, whimpering and crying and screaming all the way,” Trump said.
The killing of Al-Baghdadi and his replacement marks a major victory for the U.S. and the Trump administration over ISIS, at a time when the president has faced considerable criticism from both sides of the aisle over his policy in the region.